"Pest Control" has two parts in Whareroa: the control of animal pests (begun in 2013) and also the control of plant/weed pests (begun in 2016).
Animal Pest Control
Traps have been laid throughout Whareroa beginning in April 2013 (although there was some DOC possum trapping activity prior to this). Our Dear (Pest Control Team) Leader, Shane Cave, was the one and only original Pest Team Member deploying and regularly checking the first 20 Box Traps. Over time, the team that has grown steadily to now, as at mid-2017, ten people (Shane, Shane, Scott, Jason, John, Solly, Nathan, Darryl, Iain & Guy)
In the course of 2014 & 2015, DOC kindly provided some more box traps for us to use. By the end of 2015, we had some 90 Box Traps active and in the course of 2016, that number increased to over 100 BTs.
Wild Goats on Whareroa are sadly a quite destructive pest and turn up at irregular intervals in varying numbers. Jason and Ray are capable and approved to cull them in Whareroa.
If you see goats on Whareroa, please send an email to Jason ([email protected]) or let us know by email ([email protected]) and we will forward it to Jason. Let him know when, approximately where and how many goats you saw.
The attached PDF-files tell the results of the story of the pest control activities ...
For more background on pests and their impact... http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/pests-and-threats/
In September 2015, we have added in the pdf on "How to Trap and Kill Rats" from www.predatorfreenz.org
Plant/Weed Pest Control
Begun in June 2016, every week on Wednesday, from 9am - 12pm, regardless of weather the "Wednesday Weeders" meet at the car park and then head off to attack and eradicate weeds.
We are mainly grubbing or "cutting and pasting" and use as few chemicals as possible.
We have also had a highly informative walk through some of the restoration area with 3 very knowledgeable DOC staff who have set us on the right track!
All newcomers are welcome. There are activities for all levels of fitness, physical abilities and knowledge levels (plus the Wednesday Weeders are all really nice people). Bring gloves and sturdy shoes. Tools are provided. Plus we are very keen to learn and share our accumulated knowledge.
A 2017 Facebook posting about the Plant Weed Pest Team... https://www.facebook.com/WhareroaGuardians/posts/1438430299543769